Where the ferries cross the Rangoon river
Life at the river
Right across from Chinatown’s Mazu temple (be careful when crossing the street) is one of the few places where you can access Yangon’s beautiful riverfront. The quay is a fascinating and colourful sight. Fresh fish, bags of rice and logs of timber are off-loaded here to be sold in the city; vendors sell drinks, noodles and freshly cut fruit to commuters, while workers take a rest or play chinlone, a popular local foot volley game. Time to get yourself a cold Myanmar beer, enjoy the vibe and pleasant breeze!
The other side
Much of Yangon’s workforce lives at the other side of the river and every day double decker ferries and long-tail boats do a busy trade ferrying hundreds of people across the river and up the delta.
Take the ferry
To catch a glimpse of rural Myanmar lifestyle, hop on a boat or ferry and cross the river to Della/Dala. Being on the water is an experience in itself with fishermen, wooden rowing boats, local ferries and seagulls passing by. The ferry leaves every 15-30 minutes from the pier, takes about ten minutes and costs US$2 per person. When you get to Dhala take a trishaw to the local market and through the quiet village streets.